2018-19 Board Committees

Community Engagement Committee

Mission: To empower families and the community with resources, information, and opportunities related to Newark Public Schools (NPS) and public education. To develop innovative ways to increase parent participation and community inclusion for the effective implementation of the key milestones in the Strategic Plan, timely NPS initiatives, and other NPS community engagement responsibilities. To ensure all NPS communications to the public and families are clear, accurate, timely, and transparent. To strengthen partnerships with multiple stakeholders, including but not exclusive of families, alumni, businesses, and community organizations.

  • Yambeli Gomez, Chair
  • Dawn Haynes, Vice Chair
  • Flohisha Hill
  • Margarita Muniz, Executive Director, Family & Community Engagement

Personnel Policy Committee

Mission: To drive efficiency and proper alignment of NPS organizational structure and strategic goals of the districts. To annually review district personnel policies and recommend new policies and/or amendments to existing policies to ensure compliance with statutes and long term strategy of NPS. To enact sound HR practices that will strengthen the culture of the NPS workforce.

  • Reginald Bledsoe, Chair
  • Flohisha Hill, Vice Chair
  • Yambeli Gomez
  • Asia J. Norton
  • Dr. Yolanda Mendez, Assistant Superintendent

Operations Committee

Mission: To drive efficiency of Newark Public Schools operations in the area of facilities and safety. To ensure the proper maintenance of NPS facilities. To ensure the establishment of safe working and learning environments for NPS students and employees implementation of sound public safety policies/initiatives.

  • Tave Padilla, Chair
  • Flohisha Hill, Vice Chair
  • Reginald Bledsoe
  • Dawn Haynes
  • Jason Ballard, Assistant School Business Administrator

Legal Committee (adhoc)

Mission: To review legal issues impacting Newark Public Schools.

  • Josephine Garcia, Chair
  • Reginald Bledsoe, Vice Chair
  • Yambeli Gomez
  • Asia J. Norton
  • Arsen Zartarian, Deputy Chief Counsel

Program and Instruction Committee

Mission: To provide process guidance, standards and oversight of the curriculum approval process and consider matters related to PreK-12 curriculum and instruction. To strengthen student achievement by supporting efforts in ensuring all students are college-ready, ultimately increasing high school graduation rates.

  • Leah Owens, Chair
  • Asia J. Norton, Vice Chair 
  • Dawn Haynes
  • Yambeli Gomez
  • Gerald Fitzhugh ll, Deputy Superintendent

Finance Committee

Mission: To ensure the financial solvency of Newark Public Schools so that it provides quality academic programs to its students. To strengthen the fiscal position of Newark Public Schools so that funds are used more effectively and efficiently at Central Office and in schools; while prioritizing spending to directly impact student achievement and operational efficiency.

  • Asia J. Norton, Chair
  • Reginald Bledsoe, Vice Chair
  • Kim Gaddy
  • Tave Padilla
  • Valerie Wilson, School Business Administrator

Board Development and Governance Committee

Mission: To identify and coordinate board development activities in collaboration with board members. To develop and recommend a comprehensive Board Member Handbook designed to guide and assist board members in performing their roles. To work with board officers, in cooperation with the office of the superintendent, and with input from school board members, to develop an Annual Board of Education Work Plan and Calendar. To assist the board officers and board members in implementation and monitoring of communication agreements, norms to support board effectiveness, and alignment of committees to achieve annual goals of the board and school district. To support board efforts to maintain the relationship between the Board and the Superintendent.

  • Josephine Garcia, Chair
  • Asia J. Norton
  • Leah Owens
  • Tave Padilla
  • Nancy Deering, Director of NBE Board Relations
  • Roger León, Superintendent
  • Valerie Wilson, School Business Administrator
  • Arsen Zartarian, Deputy Chief Counsel